The Dunton House restaurant in downtown Arlington Heights will become part-radio station Friday morning, as it plays host to the "Eddie and Jobo" morning show on WJMK.
Nancy Tsapralis said the radio station called last month to see if she and her husband, who own the restaurant, would be interested in hosting the show. Eddie and Jobo have started doing shows in different Chicago area communities once a month.
Tsapralis is familiar with Eddie and Jobo, but she isn't a regular listener and had little idea of what it will entail. Still, she happily agreed.
"I say yes to everyone," Tsapralis said. "My husband is a little more reluctant to change, but I like it. I welcome change."
Chris Clybor, director of marketing and promotions for the radio station better known as 104.3 K-Hits, said Eddie and Jobo (Ed Volkman and Joe Bohannan) are going on the road as a response to fans who want to see them in person. Those who come out can expect the hosts to interact with the restaurant's patrons and staff members, as well as hold contests with prizes like concert tickets.
They've already hosted one on-site show at Clarke's Diner in Chicago, an event Clybor says increased that restaurant's traffic. Still, Tsapralis is a little antsy about the effect the show will have on her business.
Dunton House, 11 W. Davis St., will open an hour early to accommodate the show, which will air from 5-9 a.m. Friday. Tsapralis said she hopes the event attracts new customers and that the regulars show up and represent the restaurant well.
Even with the restaurant offering free coffee as an added incentive, though, Tsapralis doesn't quite know what to expect.
"I have no idea whether it's going to be 10 people or a hundred," Tsapralis said. "I did have a nightmare about it last night, so I guess I'm a little stressed out. I'm excited, though."